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Massage Cupping Therapy is an ancient form of alternative medicine in which special cups are placed on your skin for a few minutes to create suction. Massage Cupping is used for many purposes, including but not limited to, reducing pain, inflammation, cellulite, increasing blood circulation, relaxation and over all well-being to maintaining a pain free healthy life style.




Reduce your aches & pains with Massage Cupping Therapy!

Massage Cupping Therapy is an alternative therapy that originated in China. It involves placing cups on the skin to create suction which helps promote the healing process with blood flow. Massage Cupping has been in practice as far back as A.D. 281 to 341. Proponents also claim the suction helps facilitate the flow of “qi” in the body. Qi is a Chinese word meaning life force. Massage cupping helps balance the yin and yang, or the negative and positive, within the body restoring balance between these two extremes facilitates the body’s resistance to pathogens as well as its ability to increase blood flow and reduce inflammation or pain. Massage Cupping increases blood circulation to the area where the cups are placed to relieve muscle tension, which can improve overall blood flow and promote cell repair. It may also help form new connective tissues and create new blood vessels in the tissue. Most often people use cupping to complement their care for a host of issues and conditions to help the lymphatic system move excess fluids or toxins from your muscles toward your lymphatic nodes, therefore reducing inflammation, removing toxins from the area and replenishes it with new oxygenated blood, bringing back range of motion, preventing injuries, promoting blood circulation and reducing pain. Massage cupping has also been used for reducing cellulite for this these reasons.

Your body to tells a story. Integrate rapid relief in your recovery to get you feeling like yourself again with Massage Cupping.


What To Expect

During a massage cupping treatment, a cup is placed on the skin by being heated or suctioned onto the area of treatment. If using heat, the cup is often heated with fire using alcohol, herbs, or paper that’s placed directly into the cup, the fire source is removed, and the heated cup is placed with the open side directly on your skin. No flame or heat source physically touches the skin or the area being treated whatsoever. The sole purposed of the fire source is to create the suction for the cup. With modern cupping technologies, practitioners have shifted to using rubber pumps to create suction versus more traditional heat methods. We here at Lilly May Massage use both techniques depending on the issue at hand. Both methods have their strengths as the fire element helps soothes and relax the muscles with heat versus the pumping gun gets a deeper more profound suctions for severe stagnation. One method is not better than the other because they both have a high efficacy rate.

When the massage cup is placed on your skin, the air inside the cup cools and creates a vacuum, or is pumped, that draws the skin and muscle upward into the cup. Your skin may start to discolor and turn red as the blood vessels respond to the change in pressure. At no time during the session should you feel pain, this treatment is not meant to hurt, you should only feel pressure from the suction. With dry cupping, the cup is set in place for a set time, usually between 5 and 10 minutes. After the cups are removed, a light lymphatic massage will be performed to help the body dispose of the stagnant blood and waste for a faster recovery process. Any mild bruising or other marks usually go away within 10-14 days post the session. You should feel 10% - 20% better after just one session.







How To Prepare For Your Session

Cupping is a long-practiced treatment that may help ease the symptoms of both temporary and chronic health conditions. With that said, you need to do your part in order set your treatment up for success.

What to do:

Similar to a traditional massage, the preparation of a massage cupping session:

  • Stay hydrated 24-48 hours before & after your session

    • Rule of thumb for water consumption: whatever your body weight is, divide that by half and drink that in ounces every day.

      • For example: if you weigh 100lbs, 100÷2=50, you should drink 50 ounces of water daily. If you are physically active than that number goes up.

    • Stay out of the sun

    • Wear loose fitting clothes

What not to do:

  • Consume alcohol 24-48 hours before & after your session

  • Avoid taking blood thinners

  • Stay out in the sun and get sun burned

  • Wear jeans or constricting clothing

Benefits, Risks & Contraindications

The risks and benefits of Massage Cupping Therapy are the same as having a traditional massage. Each session is tailored to your needs and are unique to you on how arrive on day of treatment. Any side effects you will experience, if any, will typically occur during your treatment or immediately after. If the pressure feels painful at all the practitioner will either reduce the intensity or stop the session completely at that time.


Similar to a traditional massage, the benefits of massage cupping can include the:

  • Temporary relief of minor muscle aches

  • Reduces pain

  • Reduces inflammation

  • Temporarily increase blood circulation

  • Promotes cell repair in the area being treated

  • Brings range of motion in the are back

  • Removes toxin and stagnant blood from the area of treatment

  • Reduces cellulite appearance



  • Bruising in a circular pattern (shape of the cup)

  • Tenderness

  • Soreness

  • Lightheaded or Dizzy

    • This can occur from the rapid release of tension, toxins and pain in the area and should subside fairly quickly.

If you experience any of these issues they are completely normal. Consult your practitioner if you feel any of these issues so they may offer remedies or steps you can take before or after your session in order to avoid any further discomfort.



You should NOT use Massage Cupping Therapy if you have any of the following conditions:

  • Acute Pulmonary Edema (fluid in the lungs)

  • Acute Thrombophlebitis or Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)

  • Acute congestive heart failure

  • Episodes of pulmonary embolism

  • Open wounds, infection or tumors at or near the application site

  • Bone fractures or dislocations at or near the application site

  • Any circumstance where increased venous & lymphatic return is undesirable or prohibited

    • Such as hypertension, lymphedema etc.

  • Experiencing an a sunburn

  • Have an open wound

  • Currently have skin ulcer

  • Currently experiencing an internal organ disorder

  • Currently pregnant

    • No treatment can be done on a pregnant woman's lower back or belly but can have treatment anywhere else on the body.

Please consult with your doctor before booking any treatments if you have any medical conditions that may be contraindicated with this kind of therapy.

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